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Wake-Up Gospel

(John 10:25)

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My works I do

Show God

They testify of me

Jesus did that

And says it every time

We read or hear it

He shows

And says it again

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Works righteousness

Alone,

Some say

Indulgences for sin

Is close

When works as

Polity and practice go wrong

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Indulgence on a decorated paper

Certified

Purchased

Ahead of time for sin

This doesn’t happen anymore

Reformation

Counterreformation

Timing keeps them apart

Though unity

Should bring them near

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Then there are

The Evangelicals

The siblings

The independents

They are seen

And heard

Close in doctrine

But there is the edifice

The cathedrals

The state churches

The republic in the Vatican

What shall be done

With these?

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Still, there could be

A table

‘Round whose delegates

Might bring a gift

For conversation

Each thing distinct,

Each thing to say

We are here

And we have something

To make it better

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Then everyone could talk

And everyone could listen

The works of God

That show God

Could be manifest

Together rise

Against decline

Against blooded

Or bloodless war

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There could be peace on Earth

Well, some of it

Bless-ed assurance,

All that’s needed

In God

In each other

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C L Couch

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SOURDOUGH

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